Opinion: How China Made the Sinister Plan to Destroy the West
Sometimes one wonders from where to start in a topic that is very complex. The beginning of 2020 has resulted In the Western world facing a crisis that could have been avoided. The "China virus" or the "Wuhan virus" or whatever you call it is a Chinese gift to the world. An evaluation of the entire incident in totality shows a sinister plan by China to destroy the western world and emerge as the number one global power. In this respect, the use of the word `"gift" is a misnomer.
Look at how the viruses spread and it will be apparent to even a novice. The countries that have suffered the most are the Western Industrialised powers and they have suffered more than one hundred thousand deaths, millions are unemployed and the economy of these countries is badly damaged. The countries targeted by China were the USA, the UK, Italy, France, Spain, and other smaller West European powers. It is worth noting that those countries which were the allies of China like Pakistan though having a substantial number of Chinese staying there as well as a heavy investment have hardly suffered any casualties. Pakistan with a population of 220 million has just suffered about 120 deaths. Contrast this with what has happened in Western Europe and certain questions will be raised.
The western powers were taken by surprise and almost overwhelmed with the virus. They never expected that a country like China with which they had massive trade relations and given a free run in Southeast Asia and the China Sea would backstab them. The Western powers in their greed to have a " feel-good factor "among the population of their nations mortgaged the lives of their people to China. Their corporations outsourced almost all activities to China and though they had heavy trade deficits with the Chinese they were still happy to continue. Western Europe in particular with low birth rate and unable to sustain its population was more than thankful that their people could live a good life riding piggyback on China. Italy even joined the One Belt One Road scheme marketed by China though the USA, UK, and India and Japan opposed it.
The West also failed to decipher the mind of the Chinese dragon. China has a very ancient civilization which is many hundreds of years older than the West and they have a lot of pride. They consider themselves to be the "Middle Kingdom" the center of the world and there is no doubt that their greatest wish is to be the dominant power in the world and set right the historical wrongs of the 19th and 20th centuries where the Western powers had reduced China to impotence.
China and the Virus
American intelligence in November last year had got wind of the fact that the Chinese were testing a virus to be used in biological warfare in one of their laboratories at Wuhan. One cannot be sure what happened after that. There is a possibility that inadvertently the virus escaped from the lab or someone working in the laboratory decided to let it escape deliberately. The virus surfaced and about 40 people were infected.
At that time the Chinese were aware as to what had happened but they spread the canard that this virus was connected with the live animals which were being marketed in the wet markets of Wuhan for food like snakes, reptiles, civet, dogs, etc. This fooled the West. Now comes the crucial point. The Chinese declared a lockdown in Wuhan but they did not stop flights operating from Wuhan to Italy and other places. During this period almost 400,000 Chinese visited the western world. The virus spread during this critical period and the Chinese have not been able to explain why when there was a lockdown in Wuhan they allowed the flights to continue to the Western world.
The WHO played ball with the Chinese. It supported China and its chief who had been elected with the Chinese support failed to alert the world about the danger of the virus. President Trump has realized this and has stopped complete funding to WHO which acted as a department of the Chinese government.
Countries like India which had very little social intercourse with China have survived the onslaught and the western countries may well think over it. A country with a population of 1.25 billion has just about 125 deaths.
Once the virus has spread one fails to understand how the Chinese allowed the flights to continue to the western world and secondly why they tried to cover up whatever happened in China. The death figures of the Chinese are just a fraction of what has really happened.
The Chinese are claiming after the revised figures that about 5000 have died. In reality, the figure could be close to 80,000. Here is a bit of evidence for this. The Chinese are basically Buddhist and Confucius followers and like the Hindus cremate their dead. Satellite pictures of China during this period have detected tremendous heat in Wuhan and some places indicating that burning was on. This is a pointer that mass cremations, were going on in China and the Chinese were hiding it from the world.
Wrong Calculations of the West
After the end of World War II, one significant fact emerged. The imperialist powers France and the United Kingdom which had massive empires lost them immediately. It was a tremendous fall and in one stroke they were reduced to 5th rate powers. The United States which had emerged as the major power after World War II however built-up western Europe with the Marshall plan and their economies began to rise but as their economies grew they found that their populations were shrinking
They found that they could not sustain the various services in their countries because of a lack of young people and even those who were there did not want to do menial jobs. They thought it best to import some labor and at the same time outsource all manufacturing activities to China where they could get goods manufactured at 1/3 of the price.
The United States which had declared itself as the global policeman was mortally scared of the USSR and to counter it they thought it best to ally with China. That is the reason Richard Nixon made his trip to Beijing and earlier Henry Kissinger made a secret visit also.
It is worth noting that for China this was a great victory and was back to the old ages when China was the center of the world. Mao Tse Tung never visited the United States and it was only the American president who went and paid obeisance to Mao. The Americans also decided to go soft on China going nuclear and did nothing when the Chinese were testing atomic bombs and rockets. I could almost die laughing on a bed of nails thinking that how the Americans are showing their concern for a small country like North Korea getting some obsolete bombs and kept sitting on their haunches when China was testing deadly weapons.
Western power's calculations have been proved wrong. China is intent on dominating the world and this virus is a calculated effort in that direction. One is almost amused at the Italians who quickly became part of China's One Belt One Road scheme and outsourced everything to China and had direct flights to Wuhan. They are paying the price now and will have to decide after this crisis is over whether they still want to continue embracing China.
There is a story from the Mahabharata when the aged blind King Dhristrashtra whose hundred sons had been killed in the battle wanted to embrace the warrior Bheema. Lord Krishna knew what would happen and he put an iron image of Bhima before the blind king who embraced the image and crushed it. Something similar could happen if the West does not take cognization of the Chinese perfidy.
The United States and the Werst European powers are at the moment silent but rumblings can be heard that things cannot go back to what they were before. They want China to give an explanation. The point here is China will give an explanation but will the West lap it up and go back to square one?
Unlike the West, the Japanese are as resourceful as the Chinese in fact a little more. They have already taken a decision to remove all their outsourced factories from China either to the homeland or to other countries like India. Even South Korea is removing its major manufacturing hub of Samsung from China to India. This is the only way that China can be made to see reason.
Another important point that must be followed is to pursue the recognition of Taiwan as an independent country. In addition, the United States and India which also had a very foolish Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee who in 2003 on a visit to China accepted Tibet as a part of China. it was a silly decision and now it has to be rescinded and the world must get together to stop the Chinese from colonizing Tibet.
The United States has to show leadership. I have been stating that what America needs is not a Trump or Biden but a Roosevelt. One will have to see how the dice spins. In case the western powers get satisfied with China's explanations and go back to square one, I am afraid in the next two decades which is very much in our lifetime we may see a different world.